The case for Euro in­de­pen­dents

Motor Equipment News - - EURO SERVICE -

As cars be­come more in­tri­cate, both in their con­struc­tion and in their fea­tures, it’s im­por­tant that they are ser­viced by peo­ple who un­der­stand them.

The high tech. rev­o­lu­tion par­tic­u­larly ap­plies to Euro­pean ve­hi­cles, where the devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies mostly em­anates from. It was Europe that in­vented seat­belts and ABS, ar­guably jointly the two best life­savers yet de­vel­oped for cars, Europe which in­vented elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­grammes, an­ti­skid tech­nol­ogy – the list goes on.

Yet im­porters of Euro­pean cars are lim­ited in their abil­ity to ad­e­quately cover the en­tire coun­try in terms of ser­vice, and of­ten gaps are filled by in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ists ap­pointed by the im­porters them­selves.

At the same time a grow­ing trend of im­por­ta­tion of Euro­pean-de­rived used cars, not just from Ja­pan, where most of our used im­ports come from – but di­rect from Bri­tain and other parts of Europe – has led to a ret­i­cence among the ma­jor league im­porters to ser­vice these cars as they strive to pro­tect their unique sell­ing point, that they are the ones af­fil­i­ated with the fac­tory, and thus “the best equipped to han­dle sales and ser­vice”.

The irony of this sit­u­a­tion is that there is a grow­ing num­ber of in­de­pen­dent ser­vice shops which spe­cialise in Euro­pean cars, and es­pe­cially the slightly older mod­els which are usu­ally im­ported used.

The devel­op­ment of di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment which has all the lat­est fault codes un­doubt­edly makes their work eas­ier, and at the same time many of them are “fac­tory-trained”, hav­ing worked for a num­ber of years at Euro­pean fran­chise deal­er­ships where they gained vast ex­pe­ri­ence on the cars they are now ser­vic­ing as used mod­els.

There are other de­vel­op­ments, too, which help in­de­pen­dent

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